Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Olympic Trials: No pool for unprepared men!
He is getting too much credit by apologists in the press talking up how he is simply conserving his energy after placing lower than usual in the standings and besides, "it's the finals, stupid..."
He is getting too little credit for doing so amazingly well despite being as unprepared as he is. In the year of our lord, 2012, what kind of an athlete can take only one-year-or-so of training and defeat those sublimely refined athletes that spent 4-years-or-more of training? Yeah, he is that great, but there is a "faster gun" now and his name is Ryan Lochte.
As I write this Phelps has just placed third in the 200-fly prelim; this would be something unthinkable circa 2008. (Did he even lose a race in 2008?) A writer at Swimming World politely stated that either Michael Phelps was either conserving energy or the world has caught up. To give him the benefit of the doubt, I believe Phelps is obviously conserving energy because he has to. He is a weakened warrior and the expectations are high. It is my opinion that he is only swimming at 80% of his ability and in the years to come when he nears middle age I suspect his apathy towards swimming for 2-years plus will haunt him.
Yeah, "...youth is wasted on the young" - John Steinbeck
Chloe Sutton has heart!
Imagine how daunting it must be to see your competitor take a two-body-length lead in less than a couple of minutes yet still keep with your game plan and beat the remaining six A-List athletes? That's what Chloe did and she made the Olympic team for the second time in a row. Congratulations Chloe.
Allison Schmitt has guts!
I don't know Allison Schmitt nor have I seen her interviewed or know what sort of woman she is but I imagine that when she took to the blocks last night; (I have a wild imagination), she said to herself: "eff-it I going all out - LOL - screw you all." Subsequently, consequently, and FREAK-quently she is now in the top three in the world for the 400-free and the 200-free as well.
Only "kryptonite" can stop him. I predict he beats Phelps in the 100-Fly.
Her goal was to make it to Olympic Trials and that she did. At 40-years-old she placed 80th defeating thirty-five of the crème de la crème of USA Swimming athletes. US Masters Swimming should send her a bouquet or roses for the effort for how inspirational she was.